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A Hippo Banquet, Kingsley

'While engaged on this hunt I felt the earth quiver under my feet, and heard a soft big soughing sou..

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A Modest Proposal, Swift

'... a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food...'Swift's devastating short satire on how to ..

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A Simple Heart, Flaubert

'She decided she would teach him to speak and he was very soon able to say, 'Pretty boy!', 'Your ser..

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Anthem For Doomed Youth, Owen

'Tonight he noticed how the women's eyesPassed from him to the strong men that were whole.'The true ..

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Caligula, Suetonius

'Because of his baldness and hairiness, he announced it was a capital offence for anyone either to l..

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Circe and the Cyclops, Homer

'You must be Odysseus, man of twists and turns...'The tales of Odysseus's struggle with a man-eating..

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Goblin Market, Rossetti

'She kissed and kissed her with a hungry mouth'A selection of Rossetti's most famous poems, from the..

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How a Ghastly Story Was Brought to Light by a Common or Garden Butcher's Dog, Hebel

'The devil gave the woman a nudge: "Look at that belt full of money peeping out from under the butch..

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How We Weep and Laugh at the Same Thing, de Montaigne

'No one characteristic clasps us purely and universally in its embrace.'A selection of charming essa..

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Jason and Medea, Apollonius of Rhodes

'The Argonauts were terrified at the sight. But Jason planting his feet apart stood to receive them,..

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Kasyan from the Beautiful Lands, Turgenev

"No, no, I've got your word for it, I've got to die ... you promised me ... you told me ..."Turgenev..

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Lips too Chilled, Basho

'Nothing more lonely -'A selection of Basho's most magical haikuIntroducing Little Black Classics: 8..

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My Dearest Father, Mozart

'They wanted me to give a concert; I wanted them to beg me. And so they did. I gave a concert.'A sel..

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Of Street Piemen, Mayhew

'...a good bit of spice to give the critlings a flavour, and plenty of treacle to make the mince-mea..

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Olalla, Stevenson

'Is it me you love, friend? or the race that made me?'A gothic novella about love, torment and doome..

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On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts, De Quincey

'People begin to see that something more goes to the composition of a fine murder than two blockhead..

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Remember, Body..., Cavafy

'All those excessive, useless regrets...'A collection of nostalgic, erotic poetry from one of the gr..

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The Dolphins, the Whales and the Gudgeon, Aesop

'An ass, clothed in the skin of a lion...'Aesop's animal fables are some of the earliest stories eve..

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The Eve of St Agnes

'Hoodwink'd in faery fancy...'  This volume contains a selection of Keats's greatest verse - in..

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The Figure in the Carpet, James

'Did she know and if she knew would she speak?'The story of an unsolved literary mystery that explor..

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The Maldive Shark, Melville

'No voice, no low, no howl is heard; the chief sound of life here is a hiss.'Stories and poems by He..

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The Old Nurse's Story, Gaskell

'Even in the stillness of that dead-cold weather, I had heard no sound of little battering hands upo..

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The Voyage of Sir Francis Drake Around the Whole Globe, Hakluyt

'Their fruits be diverse and plentiful, as nutmegs, ginger, long pepper, lemons, cucumbers, cocos, s..

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The Wife of Bath, Chaucer

'Those husbands that I had,Three of them were good and two were bad.The three that I call "good" wer..

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The Yellow Wall-Paper, Gilman

'The color is hideous enough, and unreliable enough, and infuriating enough, but the pattern is tort..

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Three Tang Dynasty Poets, Wei

'Can I bear to leave these blue hills?'A generous selection from three of the greatest and most enjo..

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To-morrow, Conrad

'It was as if the sea, breaking down the wall protecting all the homes of the town, had sent a wave ..

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Traffic, Ruskin

'You shall have thousands of gold pieces; - thousands of thousands - millions - mountains of gold: w..

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Trimalchio's Feast, Petronius

'I blush to say what happened next.'A satirical portrait of a drunken, orgiastic Roman banquet, host..

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Wailing Ghosts, Songling

'...revealing great shining fangs more than three inches long.'Some of the most macabre and wonderfu..

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Well, They are Gone, and Here Must I Remain, Coleridge

'Ye Ice-Falls! Ye that from the mountain's browAdown enormous ravines slope amain -...'A selection o..

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Woman Much Missed, Hardy

'Woman much missed, how you call to me, call to me...'After the death of his wife Emma, a grief-stri..

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